In the exigency of public service, employees of the provincial government and other stakeholders who are members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council of Lanao del Norte successfully completed the five-day rigorous training for Integrated Planning Course on Incident Command System in Cagayan de Oro City from March 4 to 8, 2019.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo approved the conduct of a training to members of ICS in order to have essential knowledge in managing not only disasters (man-made or natural) or emergencies but as well as managing local events.

Like all other Responsible Officers, Lanao del Norte’s Provincial Chief Executive aims to strengthen the capacity and preparedness of the province towards any form of emergencies by establishing a well-equipped and knowledgeable Provincial Incident Management Team, ready to respond to any emergencies base on the identified incident objectives and prioritizes each by following the LIP (Life Safety, Incident Stabilization and Property Protection).

Life Safety, deals with objectives that considers the safety of the general public and the responders are the first priority. Incident Stabilization, objectives to contain the incident and keep it from expanding, and control the incident to eliminate or mitigate the cause are the second priority. Property Protection, objectives that focuses on protecting public and private property or damage to the environment are the third priority.

The course objective of the Integrated Planning: participants will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and utilizes the tools necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Planning Section Chief and Unit Leaders in the Incident Command System (ICS) organization, namely, Resources Unit, Situation Unit, Documentation Unit and Demobilization Unit upon the completion of the course.

After every module, participants were given activities base on the scenarios in the activity packet prepared by the Office of Civil Defense-National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and present the output in-front through discussion and role playing.

The leading cadre of the training course, Jesse Jim A. Fajardo carefully discussed the modules along with Gracia B. Espere, Ma. Jane A. Mayola and Erfel Prado and exhibited their expertise in the field that made the participants understand and determine the duties and responsibilities of the Planning Section Chief and the Unit Leaders, and the importance of The Planning Process (The Planning P) as well as the various ICS forms that are needed in creating a written Incident Action Plan (IAP) and as guides during operations.

OCD 10 Regional Director and Chairman of RDRRMC-Director Rosauro Arnel Q. Gonzales, Jr., encouraged the participants to internalize each module in order to thoroughly understand the duties and responsibilities of the PSC and the Unit Leaders in the ICS organization.

On the fifth day, Provincial Human Resource Management and Development Officer, Eugenie P. Pusing, expressed her appreciation to the training team in imparting their knowledge and sharing their skills as well as their experiences particularly during module exercises.

Before handing out the Certificate of Completion to the participants, Provincial Information Officer, Lyndon G. Calica, on behalf of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, thanked RD Gonzales, Jr. and the training team for accommodating the request of the provincial government through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, Abeliza Manzano. In addition, Mr. Calica hopes that the training on ICS Position Course (Level 3) will be scheduled before the celebration of the 60th Araw ng Lanao del Norte, to provide more knowledge to ICS members in preparation of the said event. PIO-LDN